The 2018‐2019 school year has finally kicked‐off and we are officially moving into the new school year.. The 18‐19 school year will be an exciting one; we have hired outstanding new staff members to combine with the already fantastic people we have on board. There will be new opportunities available to students to help them grow academically, and new procedures and practices that will raise the level of educational expectations at Mission Valley. On August 16th we kicked off the Back 2 School All‐Staff Inservice with Kevin Horner who is a ventriloquist from the KC area. He did a great job and several staff members had the “privilege” of helping him with his presentation. It was awesome to start the year off with smiles and laughter. Over the next several days in‐service included training on such things as: Bullying Prevention, Sexual Harassment, Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Emergency Safety Interventions, Bloodborne Pathogens, using PDP Toolbox, using EpiPens and handling allergic reactions. In addition, Chuck Clanahan from Dept. of Homeland Security also provided information on Active Shooters and the Run‐Hide‐Fight philosophy. Also on the agenda, we had various meetings such as the Technology Committee, Building Leadership Team, as well as, building level meetings with staff/administration. The first day of school arrived and staff members had worked together to welcome all the students back‐to‐ school. A K‐12 assembly was held that had the gym rocking and filled with excitement. Later the 7‐12 held a scavenger hunt around the school that provided a unique way to learn about and be reminded about school rules & expectations. On Friday the 7‐12 staff surprised the students with some entertainment by performing their very own “flash mob”. They did an awesome job and maybe 1‐2 will sometime make it to Dancing With the Stars……….but I doubt it. :) There are also some new procedures and policies that will begin at Mission Valley this year. On July 1, 2018 a new bill from the Kansas Legislature went into effect. The recent passing of House Substitute for Senate Bill 109, amends K.S.A. 31‐133 with new legislative initiatives requiring 16 emergency preparedness drills each school year. Schools are now required annually to conduct: (4) Fire Drills, (3) Tornado Drills, and (9) crisis drills that shall include, but not limited to, intruder response drills and lockdown drills. Administration and staff will work to develop a plan to conduct the required 16 drills during the 2018‐2019 school year. On August 20th, the U.S.D. 330 Board of Education approved a new Random Drug Testing {RDT} Policy‐Hair Sample which will also go into effect this school year. The purpose of the RDT Policy is to help students manage social pressure that may lead to the use of illegal drugs. Early identification of drug usage helps families address addiction and other issues that may result from drug use. The RDT Policy is a proactive “Helping Policy” that assists students and their parents in identifying the use of illegal substances. This policy will apply to Mission Valley students {7‐12} who participate in KSHSAA sponsored activities, school clubs, or school sponsored extracurricular activities. Extra‐curricular activities include, but are not limited to participation in or being a spectator at school athletic events, school dances, school clubs, and all other school activities. Parents/Students will have the opportunity to OPT‐IN or DECLINE participation in the RDT Policy. Students who have not signed the OPT‐IN form and returned it to the office will not be permitted to attend or participate in extracurricular activities. The complete policy can be found under the Mission Valley JH/HS tab at www.mv330.org. This year USD 330 Mission Valley will move into Year 2 of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation 5‐year process. We will begin to address the two goals that were selected in Year 1 as our goals: Rigor & Relationships. The vision for education in the state of Kansas is that “Kansas leads the world in the success of each student”. The ultimate goal is that each high school graduate will be successful. What is a “Successful High School Graduate”? A successful high school graduate has the academic and cognitive preparation, technical and employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce, without the need for remediation. It is recognized that not every high school graduate needs to go to college. It is recognized that over 70% of the jobs in the near future will require certification at some level.

Yours in Education,

Bill Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services